Saturday, November 10, 2012

Gray Skies

It was an unusually warm November day, so we took advantage of the weather and went on a local nature walk.  Sadly, this year, we missed the beautiful fall foliage here.  Contrasting autumn's red, orange, and yellow colors, today's walk featured gray skies and monotone hues.

In my favorite fall shoes, we began the earth-tone trail.
Brown leaves covered the path, soggy from the rain that fell just hours ago.
We came upon a tree that thought "across" might be better than "up."
There were only splashes of green left on patches of grass and scattered bushes.

 Rolling clouds of gray and white smeared the sky,
As if fury had spoken and taken over calm. 
Because the absence of blue skies blurred the layers of gray, 
Branches decorated the sky view to help provide a focal point for depth perception. 

Gray skies hovered gray water.
Bare trees complemented gray skies.
Although it seemed like the dead of colorless winter,
The air was warm and inviting, and the walk was surprisingly pleasant.

We decided that we should hike this nature trail during every season so that we can experience the differences throughout the year.  I can imagine a snowy white winter, a flowery spring, a green summer, and a colorful fall.  We would be able to see, smell, hear, taste, and feel the differences nature has to offer us, if we could just take an hour from our busy days to embrace it.  So... until winter!


  1. beautiful pictures

    I live in Georgia. Because of the storms on the east coast, we're getting an actual "real" Fall seasons this year. The leaves are beautiful

    1. Thanks, Lance! I'm glad you're seeing beautiful fall colors this year. The leaves are really something. I captured our fall colors earlier here, but these pics are a huge contrast to those. Winter's a-coming... Thanks for stopping by!

  2. It's grey and wet and gloomy here today. A perfect day for being inside and catching up on things around the house!!! :)

    1. I'm afraid we'll have plenty more of these kinds of days to come! But I don't mind it if I have a cup of tea and a nice blanket to cover. I hope you were able to do some catching up around the house, Susi!

  3. I love the clouds in your photos. They are grey, but the silver lining was well captured.

    1. I'm glad you liked the photos, Imelda. I wasn't so thrilled with them, maybe perhaps they were too bland and stark without being intentionally B/W. But I enjoyed the walk, as did the kiddos. Thank you!